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IWM catalogue record

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Major Edward J. Gignac's P-47 Thunderbolt (PZ-G, serial number 42-22548), named "Gig's-Up", after a landing accident at Bodney air base, 11 February 1944. Gignac was a pilot with the 486th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group.

Connections

Units

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 486th Fighter Squadron

People

  • Edward Gignac

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Edward Gignac was one of the top ski jumpers in the country pre-war, and had lived in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He attended Kimball Union Academy and Middlebury College, both in skiing scholarships. Enlisting in the Air Corps in April 1941, he served in...

Aircraft

Locations

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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